“He seemed to know the answer to any question we put to him, but his ability for natural-sounding English has completely disappeared,” explains the mother or the teenage boy from Herne Bay, Kent.
The boy may have fooled his mother, but his father and a neighbour remained unconvinced. However, fooling 1 out of 3 adults, or 33% of judges, exceeds the 30% accuracy needed to pass the Luring Test.
The Luring Test was developed by a group of techno-savvy pedophiles who wanted a quick and easy way to discover whether they were being lured online by sophisticated police programs rather than real teenage boys.
The test has since been adapted by Education Secretary Michael Gove to investigate whether children were gaining too much enjoyment out of English Literature classes.
“We in the Tory party simply want to pass on the high levels of education we received from Eton, and none of us gained any enjoyment from English Lit….that was the whole point,” explains Gove.
“That is why I had to be quite strict with the texts allowed at GCSE and A-level English, to ensure that students weren’t gaining any pleasure from reading – an activity that has traditionally been undertaken with absolutely no joy whatsoever,” he added.